This week’s post for IPRO’s blog discusses the most important eDiscovery phase and how it drives all the other phases. After all, you play to win the game!
Pop quiz, which EDRM phase is the most important (not counting Information Governance, which is an entire discipline unto itself), yet is least discussed on eDiscovery blogs? Is it Preservation? Review? Production?
I could tell you, but what’s the fun in that? Instead, I’ll give you a hint.
You Play to Win the Game!
When he was the head coach of the New York Jets in 2002, Herm Edwards was asked (by a reporter after a game that the Jets lost, taking them to 2-5 on the season) whether he had to talk to his team about not giving up on the season. His response was this:
“This is what’s great about sports. YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!” – Edwards responded emphatically.
How did the Jets wind up the season?
They finished 7-2 to win the AFC East that year and routed a Peyton Manning led Indianapolis Colts team 41-0 in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual AFC champions, the Oakland Raiders. That’s playing to win the game!
In sports, you can’t win the game before it’s played or the case before it’s tried, but you can certainly lose it beforehand with poor “practice” or poor execution of earlier phases.
Does that give you a good hint? I would hope so! If not, you can find out which one it is on IPRO’s blog here. It’s just one more click! And you can also find out when you should start thinking about that phase and what you need to do to “win” the game! After all, that’s why you play!
So, what do you think? Do you think we should be talking about this phase more than we do? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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